Island Hopping Southport and Bald Head Island

Southport, North Carolina

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Situated amid graceful live oaks, Southport garnered praise from Rand McNally as one of the best places to retire. For visitors, Southport oozes coastal charm and boasts a rich maritime history. While walking the historic downtown, listen for the “Seneca Drums,” mysterious, low-pitched offshore booms that locals attribute to chunks of the continental shelf dropping off cliffs in the Atlantic Ocean. Truth is, no one knows what causes the low rumbles. A short ferry trip from Southport takes you to Bald Head Island. Once a preferred destination of pirates such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, Bald Head Island is now a refuge for those who enjoy the true meaning of “getting away from it all.” To preserve Bald Head Island’s unspoiled beaches and maritime forests, gasoline engines are prohibited. Hop on a bike, slide into an electric golf cart, or shuffle your peds to explore this resort. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Raleigh-Durham. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Island Hopping: Southport and Bald Head Island Professional Review and Guide

"Situated amid graceful live oaks, Southport garnered praise from Rand McNally as one of the best places to retire. For visitors, Southport oozes coastal charm and boasts a rich maritime history. While walking the historic downtown, listen for the “Seneca Drums,” mysterious, low-pitched offshore booms that locals attribute to chunks of the continental shelf dropping off cliffs in the Atlantic Ocean. Truth is, no one knows what causes the low rumbles. A short ferry trip from Southport takes you to Bald Head Island.

Once a preferred destination of pirates such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, Bald Head Island is now a refuge for those who enjoy the true meaning of “getting away from it all.” To preserve Bald Head Island’s unspoiled beaches and maritime forests, gasoline engines are prohibited. Hop on a bike, slide into an electric golf cart, or shuffle your peds to explore this resort. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Raleigh-Durham. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Southport
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Hopping: Southport and Bald Head Island

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May 2018